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'Hansel & Gretel' nabs $19M, No. 1 at box office

Jeremy Renner is seen in a still from the 2013 action film 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'. (Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

January 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Action film "Hansel & Gretel" is the big winner at the weekend box office, earning nearly $19 million in ticket sales.

Paramount's R-rated action film is an update on the classic fairytale and features Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as grown-up renditions of the title characters battling witches with crossbows.

"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" beat out other newcomers, including crime thriller "Parker," starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, which debuted in fifth place with $7 million.

Universal's supernatural horror film "Mama" starring Jessica Chastain came in second place with $12.8 million in its second weekend.

"Silver Linings Playbook," came in third place over the weekend with $10 million. The film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence is up for eight Academy Awards.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," $19 million ($25 million international).

2. "Mama," $12.8 million.

3. "Silver Linings Playbook," $10 million ($3 million international).

4. "Zero Dark Thirty," $9.8 million ($3.6 million international).

5. "Parker," $7 million.

6. "Django Unchained," $5 million ($42.9 million international).

7. "Movie 43," $5 million ($2.8 million international).

8. "Gangster Squad," $4.2 million ($6.8 million international).

9. "Broken City," $4 million ($500,000 international).

10. "Les Miserables," $3.9 million ($14 million international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.